I had the pleasure to photograph Kerrie Hess for the very first time when she came to Paris during a freezing cold February (if I’m not mistaken) more than over a year ago now, which ended with dinner, chats and wine at my favourite restaurant Semilla on the left bank. Making new friends, from all over the world is certainly one of my favourite perks about what I do. Fortunately this Australian beauty found her way back to Paris earlier this month on a mission to photograph her new shoe collection, which I’m honoured to have been asked to do. Here are three little teaser images from our shoot together and if you’d like to see more I suggest checking out Vogue Australia or keeping an eye on Instagram.
I’m currently writing this with one of my cheeks being the size of a football, more or less. Yesterday I had to have dental surgery done due to two stupid wisdom teeth that thought it seemed fitting to pop up just in time to ruin my holidays. I was supposed to leave for Italy this Monday to see both family and friends but had to cancel the whole trip because of this less than hilarious problem. Anyhow, fast forward past one of the most uncomfortable experiences of my life and I’m now only able to sip juice and eat cold soup. Hopefully this little bump in the road will be over sooner rather than later and perhaps I’ll even be lucky enough to plan a weekend in Italy after all, we’ll see…
In the meantime I’ll share a few photos from Instagram lately starting with an image from my shoot with the lovely Kerrie Hess (more about that very soon), every marble lover’s dream bathroom at Hotel Le Meurice, my ridiculously happy face when stumbling across this cute Fiat and the Plaza Athénée‘s beautiful red balconies. The view from my flat where I’m currently being held hostage, Parisian street corners, a sparkling Tour Eiffel and some recent work I photographed for Carolina Herrera during Haute Couture week. Place Saint Sulpice, one of my favourite spots in Paris, gorgeous rooftops and empty Parisian streets on a Sunday.
It’s been hard coming back to reality after such a whirlwind and amazing time away in Cannes together with Cartier but I still have these priceless memories from our time on the French Riviera to look back on. It’s not everyday you get to have dinner on a little island just off the coast with your feet buried deep in the sand while listening to Jamie Cullum playing the piano with Sofia Coppola at the very next table, it’s not everyday you get to be swept away in an helicopter only to land on the top of a mountain and sip champagne with some of the loveliest people in the industry, and it’s certainly not everyday you get to wander around a house filled with high jewellery, gemstones and diamonds (some of them bigger than my hands) while having someone explain the stories behind these precious treasures.
To celebrate their new high jewellery collection, entitled Etourdissant Cartier, we were lucky enough to experience all of this. And yes, I’m still pinching myself to make sure I was actually awake to see all of it happening. I would go back in the blink of an eye if I could! Thank you again to Cartier for letting me be a part of this absolutely incredible experience. It’s been such a pleasure bringing their gorgeous jewellery pieces and creative ideas to life through my photography during these last couple of months and I hope I have the privilege of doing so in the future as well.
A recent project I’ve been working together with Dior on has been photographing Christian Dior’s favourite places in Paris for a little Parisian guide in the name of this fashion legend. If you want to have a closer look and see all of Monsieur Dior’s favourites, you can find them here (scroll down).
During the last couple of weeks I’ve been all over the place – most recently in Cannes (which I most definitely will tell you more about very soon), and before that both Barcelona and Venice were ticked off my “must visit list”. I’ve personally had a blast, although my empty apartment and even emptier fridge have had to suffer a bit. Right now it looks like something exploded in my little flat with three suitcases and x amount of handbags spread out all over the place. I’ve basically dropped everything, repacked and left for Orly airport once again. When I’ve been at home though, I’ve barely seen the inside of my place since time is spent either with friends or working my little bum off – I’m not complaining (before you say anything) – I’m loving every second of it and as I said, I’m having a blast. But during these busy times I value evenings like the one seen above more than anything else. This particular evening we had a picnic for any friend who wanted to join in on the fun, in front of the Eiffel Tower until the sky turned dark and we ran out of rosé, chit chatting about everything and nothing until jaws started spreading around the circle. During evenings like these I’m reminded of how unbelievably happy I am right here (even if I sometimes have to leave for a while and come back to a complete mess).
Despite living in Europe my entire life I still hadn’t been to Barcelona until last week. Why? I personally blame it on Italy. Italy has always been such a big part of my life and always a top choice when it comes to escaping everyday life during a weekend. You might call that boring but even though I’ve been to Italy every year of my life so far, I never seem to tire of it. That’s probably why
Spain Barcelona has had to wait until now. I’m kind of glad it did though since I think this was the perfect way to experience the city.
I joined W Hotels and Tara Stiles (the loveliest woman and amazing yoga guru) for a weekend full of yoga, fitness fun and #posewhenever. Doesn’t sound like something I would enjoy due to all the croissants and macarons you see around here? That might be true but I have to admit that I had a fantastic time – both doing the yoga and experiencing the city. I mean, how can yoga on a paddle board, cooking classes in a kitchen with a DJ playing and watching the sun set while doing yoga not be anything but fantastic?!
This is a weekend I won’t forget anytime soon and hopefully that’s also true about all the yoga poses we learned during this trip. I’d love to incorporate a bit more of what I learned while away into my everyday life. The calm (and exhaustion) I felt after our 6am sunrise yoga session is something I’ll try to chase in the future without a doubt. Barcelona, you were amazing and I’m definitely coming back for you again!
Greetings from Barcelona and Spain where I’ve spent the last couple of days. I’m back in Paris (for two days before I’m off to the south of France) just in time for 14 Juillet but can’t wait to share more photos from my time spent in this beautiful city. Stay tuned!
All jewellery: David Yurman
To photograph this story for David Yurman in black and white was a no brainer. After seeing familiar faces like Kate Moss, Gisele Bündchen and Kate Upton appear in the brand’s ads and grace the pages of Vogue and other prestigious fashion magazine throughout the years, I knew I wanted to give it a go. It was a pleasure to drop by David Yurman‘s newly opened store in Galeries Lafayette to pick out the pieces I was photographing for this job and also to find out more about the history behind the company and what they stand for. Hearing the stories and seeing what inspired the pieces is always important to get a better understanding of the brand’s DNA – and in this case it just happens to be one of the sweetest love stories to date. You recognise their signature cable bracelets? Well, these entwined cables, which you’ll find somewhere in almost everything they design, represent the fact that several pieces of material, or people, are stronger together than on their own. Too sweet, right?
Enough with the sobby love stories (although I can never have enough of this…) and back to the photographs. I wanted to photograph these pieces in the most delicate and pure way possible and let the jewellery speak for itself. I would kill (well, not really) for this stack of bracelets that glimmered so prettily in the morning sun while shooting this story.
Model: Christina Ahlberg
Summer fun in Jardin des Tuileries, fried chicken sandwiches at Ellsworth, warm evenings by the Seine and shooting with the very talented Kerrie Hess. Strolling in the evening sun, the incredible view while photographing for Carolina Herrera, iced coffee at Boot Café and pretty Parisian facades. Ice cream from my new favourite gelato place Pedone, a pretty fantastic view, Italian food heaven at newly opened Ober Mamma and another crazy hot Parisian evening in the sun. This and more on Instagram!